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Athlon Sports Ranks Every FBS Coach, Stoops 71st


Every fall, a bevy of prognosticating organizations publish their predictions in magazine form for the upcoming college football season. If you’re unfamiliar, these publications lay out important team information like players departing, players returning, and other vital nuggets pertaining to the upcoming season. These organizations then use that info to rank every single FBS team accordingly.  While ranking teams is the majority of their business model, they sometimes rank other items pertaining to college football as well. No topic is off limits either, anything from stadium aesthetics to the town a college is located in have been analyzed and ranked in the past.  Athlon Sports is one of the more popular organizations built upon predicting and ranking, and they’ve recently released their rankings for all 125 FBS head coaches. 


To me personally, it’s odd that Stoops is even ranked given that he’s never actually coached a game as head coach, but Athlon still thought he was worthy of the 71st overall spot.  In the short bio for Kentucky’s new head man, Steven Lassan of Athlon wrote the following.

The newest kid on the SEC block, Stoops’ future as a head coach is anyone’s guess. What we do know is this: He hails from Youngstown, Ohio and played defensive back for Iowa before he worked his way up through the ranks. Stoops was a defensive coordinator for Houston then Miami then Arizona (with his brother, Mike) and ultimately Florida State in 2010. He took the 108th-ranked defense and turned it into the 42nd-rated unit in one season before finishing fourth and second nationally in total defense in 2011 and ’12 respectively. He did a great job finishing the recruiting cycle for the Wildcats, but at one of the toughest power conference jobs in the nation, it takes more than a few recruiting wins to be successful in Lexington.


Athlon’s entire rankings, which see Nick Saban in the top spot, can be found here.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

18 Comments for Athlon Sports Ranks Every FBS Coach, Stoops 71st

  1. Princess Leia @ UK
    8:36 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Help me, Obi-Wan Stoops. You’re my only hope. We can prevail.

  2. tdogg40330
    8:37 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Stooooooooooops !!!! Atleast it’s gonna be fun to watch again, I
    can’t wait for football season. GO CATS !!!!!

  3. Dr. Funke
    8:38 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Honestly the way he has recruited here so far I think you could make fair case he should be ranked higher. He hasn’t coached a game yet but he also hasn’t lost any yet either, top 30 class in just two months of recruiting is saying something. Btw, Nick Saban should not even be on this list, he is on another level right now.

  4. Cat Fan in Georgia
    8:48 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Interesting to see Petrino at #8. Also Franklin at #17 and Strong at #18.

  5. Coach Cal
    8:49 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Anthony Davis took the fifth most shots

  6. Huh
    8:49 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    3. He hasn’t lost a recruit? Wait….what? You should do a little homework before making such a statement.

  7. Buckeye Fan
    8:52 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Urban! Urban! Urban!

  8. DLN
    8:53 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    #6 He said “He hasn’t coached a game yet but he also hasn’t lost any yet either…”

    His questionable grammar aside, he said he hasn’t lost a football game yet. He wasn’t talking about recruits until the next phase of his run-on sentence.

    Do a little rereading before making such an ass of yourself.

  9. Tracker
    8:55 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    from Athlon:
    8. Bobby Petrino, Western Kentucky
    Record at Western Kentucky: 0-0 (First Season)
    Record at Arkansas: 34-17 (2008-2011)
    Record at Louisville: 41-9 (2003-06)
    Overall Record: 75-26 (8 years)

    Petrino’s tenure at Arkansas ended in disastrous fashion thanks to one motorcycle ride in April. After sitting out 2012, Petrino is back on the sidelines — with a job that’s a lot less high-profile than Arkansas: Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers made significant progress under former coach Willie Taggart, and Petrino should be able to build on that in 2013. At each of his stops as a collegiate head coach, Petrino built an instant winner. In his first season at Louisville, the Cardinals went 9-4 and finished 12-1 in 2006 with a Big East title and Orange Bowl victory over Wake Forest. Petrino had a failed stint in the NFL with the Falcons, but he returned to the sidelines at Arkansas and led the Razorbacks to a 34-17 record in four seasons. Make no mistake: Petrino isn’t going to be on the sidelines for very long in Bowling Green. However, until a BCS program decides to hire him, Petrino will be very successful at Western Kentucky.

    Happy we have Mark Stoops in Lexington. Petrino is successful at some levels, and a train wreck in others. GO CATS!

  10. L1C4
    8:55 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    71 seems way too high for the Cayuts. Where did Strong end up on the list?

  11. Dr. Funke
    8:56 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    8 – I’ve always been a math guy… but yeah thats what I meant lol.

  12. Cards Cards Cards
    9:12 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    18. Charlie Strong, Louisville
    Record at Louisville: 25-14 (2010-present)
    Record at Florida: 0-1 (2004 Peach Bowl)
    Overall Record: 25-15 (3 full years)

    Strong had to wait a while for his first head coaching gig, but the Arkansas native has shown in just three full seasons he is one of the top 25 coaches in the nation. After stops as an assistant at Florida, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and South Carolina, Strong was hired as Louisville’s head coach in 2010. He didn’t inherit a full cupboard from the previous coaching staff, so it was no surprise Strong went 7-6 in each of his first two years in Louisville. However, the Cardinals took flight in 2012, winning 11 games (including an impressive Sugar Bowl victory over Florida). Strong turned down overtures from other BCS programs and will be tough to pry away from Louisville. If the Cardinals finish in the top 10 as most expect in 2013, expect to see Strong’s name move even higher on the list of the nation’s best coaches.

  13. Wild Blue
    9:54 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Crazy to rank a new head coach with others that have been a head coach for years. This list is stupid.

  14. DLN
    9:57 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    #11 I suck at math. Comme ci comme ca my friend lol

  15. Jeffrey
    1:17 am April 17, 2013 Permalink

    LOL at UL fans thinking that we care what they think about Stoops rank.

  16. BAdams
    6:45 am April 17, 2013 Permalink

    12, you also play in the Big East. Now that you will be joining the ACC, we will see what you are really made of. And the ACC still isnt that great of a conference.

  17. BobbyPsNeckBrace
    7:11 am April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Yew Kay coulda had a WINNER !!! Me,Charlie and the $EC will make sure Stupes will be 126th next season.

  18. Shoulda got Petrino
    8:41 am April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Baggage aside, Petrino wants back in the SEC BAD! Don’t you think that’s going to fuel his fire a little next season? It’s going to hurt a little when he beats us in Nashville and Tennessee at the big house the following week? He may only be at WKU for one season, but I’ll say this, at least WKU had the guts/smarts to hire him. If he leaves after this season they get a winning year out of him, and he has to pay them money! He would actually pay to coach there if he leaves after one season…let this sink in for a second. WKU got the 8th ranked coach and are basically getting him for free if he leaves after a year or 2.

    Truly Yours,
    A bitter UK fan who thinks we should have hired Petrino over Poopy Stoopy